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SEC coach says the best way to stop Malik Monk is go to church

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Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis took a break from complaining about politics on Twitter to ask coaches throughout their country on various teams in college basketball. The coaches gave their opinions anonymously, and one SEC coach had an entertaining take on how to stop Malik Monk: go all-in on the offering plate at church.

“Best way to stop Monk is, when they pass the plate in church, make sure you put two handfuls in,” the SEC coach said.

Monk’s second half on Saturday showed that prayer might be the best defense. Monk scored 30 of his 33 points after halftime, the most points in one half by a UK player in the Calipari era. He’s also the first freshman in UK history to have 30 points in four games in one season. Simply put, when Monk is on, he’s unstoppable, so coaches across the country better head to church if they find themselves playing Kentucky in the postseason.

What else did the anonymous SEC coach say about the Cats?

“They’re starting to peak at the right time. [Isaiah] Briscoe is really the heart and soul. He makes a lot of big plays in close games. [Isaac] Humphries would start on a lot of high-major teams. Bam [Adebayo] is their key guy. He will put you in the basket if you let him get near the rim. He’s their only inside scorer. You gotta get him behind you on the low block and go after him. Even if he blocks a couple, it’s worth it to try to get him into foul trouble.”

After reading that line about Briscoe, I’m willing to bet money the coach is Ben Howland, who said basically the exact same thing back in January.

“When I think of Kentucky, the heart and soul of that team is Briscoe,” Howland said on January 16. “They need a tough basket, he’s the guy that delivers. He’s just a winner. He makes everybody else better around him. You can’t say enough about Briscoe and what he does.”

I agree that Kentucky won’t go far without major contributions from Briscoe, but is he still the heart and soul of this team? Right now, I’d give that title to Dominique Hawkins.

Read more of Ben Howland the anonymous SEC coach’s thoughts on Kentucky at the link below.

[Sports Illustrated]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

31 Comments for SEC coach says the best way to stop Malik Monk is go to church

  1. secrick
    12:58 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Yes it is Briscoe, all the players look to him. You can see it on the court. I get so mad at him some times but that coach is right.

  2. celf22
    1:28 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe is definitely the heart and soul of the team. No matter what the fans say, his coaches love him and teammates look up to him. If the entire fan base would stop blaming him for everything, he may be able to get his confidence back in time for the postseason.

    • catsarerunnin
      1:40 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      The anti-Briscoe/anti-Cal folks have been very quiet on here since Saturday….

    • AGSlater
      7:09 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      And Briscoe bricks another jump shot

    • runningunnin.454
      2:27 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      That’s cause “The Cats got their tongues”.

    • AGSlater
      7:10 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      are you the same person? Sam runnin name. Btw they dont run anymore if you havent noticed

    • catsarerunnin
      4:23 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      ^^^ Now THAT’s hilarious. Well done.

  3. wes908
    1:39 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    They way KSR Hates on Briscoe I hope he never does any more interviews or anything with you guys . It’s ashame. The media either doesn’t mention him at all or it’s negative . I wish he never came here, he should of went to Arizona and played PG instead of SF. I don’t believe these writers know basketball because find me another guard on this team that can play out of their natural position on both ends . Dom, Derek, Mychal all equally important to the team but none of them can contribute to this team on the level Isaiah has. Dom can barely guard PGs imagine a 6’8 SF every damn night . Just stop writing about Isaiah

    • celf22
      1:54 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah it’s honestly embarrassing how everyone thinks they know more than Coach Cal about who needs to play and how to run the team. Once somebody forms a negative opinion about a player, they start hoping that he does bad and begin to only notice the negative things that happen and completely ignore the positives so that they can feel like they were right all along.

    • J-Dub421
      2:38 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      While I agree there has been way too much Briscoe hate lately and it’s been quite unwarranted, don’t start knocking Hawkins. Briscoe and Hawkins are the two players who always play with heart and maximum effort every single time. Saying Hawkins can’t guard is crazy. Nik Stauskas begs to differ on that one.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:03 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Hawkins is a great defender, and the energy and spark he brings is often contagious. He picks the whole team up.

    • AGSlater
      7:10 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      please stop the madness. They talk about the team and its obvious Briscoe is not very good

  4. secrick
    1:56 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    So Tyler what do you say now?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      2:03 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      About what? Isaiah? He’s had some struggles lately, but like I said, for UK to go far, he’ll have to be a major player. To me, it just seems that Hawkins has infused the team with heart and toughness lately. Not sure where you all are getting the narrative that KSR hates Isaiah. He’s struggled at times in the past month and just because we’ve written about that doesn’t mean we’re “bashing” him.

    • secrick
      2:30 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Ha Tyler i am so sorry i didn’t mean you guys where bashing him. I never even thought . I bash him enough for both of us but just wanted to know what you thought about him not being the heart and soul. Hawkins is great but you got 6 or 7 seconds left on the shot clock and he , Willis and Mulder are looking for Briscoe.

    • runningunnin.454
      2:32 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      To be fair, there has been unfair Briscoe bashing in the comment section, and there was one article, not written by Mrs. T, that seemed to invite it.
      I feel vindicated in that my support of Briscoe has been echoed by the coaches that have to coach against him….praise that comes from your opponent is high praise indeed.

    • CATandMONKEY
      3:08 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Some of the KSR stuff is on the air. Matt goes back and forth. He started the post game Saturday by underplaying Briscoe’s performance and semi-criticizing him then later in the podcast, rattled off Briscoe’s stats for the game and at the least gave him some praise.
      Briscoe is a guy that can give you great performances and create issues with frustrating decisions. My hope is that he maximizes the former and minimizes the latter from here on out.

      Hawkins has shown to be a tough, smart competitor who deserves significant minutes. Whether those come from both Fox and Briscoe is up to Cal but the kid deserves 20+ per game unless the other two are just out of their minds with shooting, defense annd assists.

    • Booby Petrino
      3:49 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve seen a post on KSR specifically about the pros and cons of Briscoe. It was inviting ask the Briscoe trolls to the party. I haven’t seen ksr post an article like that about the other players.

    • JusSayin
      4:18 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      There was like 5 articles in the course of 3 days talking about how he should be benched… and he wasn’t even shooting that bad.

      I don’t think that is bashing but that’s what people are referring to. It seemed a little abnormal and over the top.

    • catsarerunnin
      4:27 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Nice save by secrick in his reply to Mrs. T’s spot on rebuttal.

    • wes908
      8:38 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      But where are you getting this from that’s he’s terrible. he’s starting on the #9 team in the country if he was terrible why would that be the case . Your understanding of basketball is lacking here . Also I don’t mean to be hard on Dom but I watch every game as well and dom gets beat by guards every game he isn’t no elite defender he plays hard and gives all he has and that’s what Cal (the expert coach here) wants from him. He’s a big part of our success and I wouldn’t trade dom for any one else . But the problem BBN and KSR has with Isaiah you could say about every player on this team . Weyen commits bad fouls, Fox shot selection is terrible, monk is either hot as a bonfire or cold as Alaska . Derek just learned to rebound we could go on forever . But briscoe has been getting picked by KENTUCKY MEDIA and I’ve noticed it. It’s out of hand. Cause we would be a .500 with out him that’s the truth here .

  5. runningunnin.454
    1:59 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    That won’t work with Malik….you can’t buy off God, and he’s a Monk fan.

  6. Aar
    2:09 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Leadership comes in many forms. Briscoe is the vocal leader of this team. Hawkins is the best on court leader by example this team has. Fox and Monk are probably the best performers. Apparently, judging by coach commentary, Adebayo is the hardest worker on this team.

    One player is never the sole leader of a successful team. Each individual needs to shine in their own right. This team is no different

  7. ClutchCargo
    2:23 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    I immediately thought “Andy Kennedy” when I read the “go to church” line. But Howland did make that comment about Briscoe once before, so who knows.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:02 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve heard several coaches, as well as TV analysts, say that Briscoe is the team leader, and I’ll value their word more than some of the people that have negative comments on here.

  8. JusSayin
    4:16 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Dynamic play-makers or more valuable than spot up shooters.

    Our best lineup is when we have 2 shooters (Monk, Willis/Wenyen) and 2 slashers (Fox, Briscoe)

    This idea of surrounding 1 play-maker with shooters is silly. You need multiple play makers and Briscoe’s ability to make something out of nothing comes in handy often.

  9. blackmilk23
    4:28 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Every year some fans pick a player to blame losses and struggles on. It may start out as legitimate criticism but typically, by the end of the season they have completely lost all objectivity and stats don’t matter. That’s where we are now.

    It was Darius Miller at one point.

    It was Archie Goodwin at another.

    It was the Harrison Twins for two years.

    And now it’s Briscoe.

    Somebody will always be the “whipping boy”. It’s a ceremonial position at UK. I wonder who it will be next year?

    My guess is Diallo. (He’s not a good shooter and some fans judge guards solely based on shooting ability)

    • J-Dub421
      4:51 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t forget Poythress, he was the whipping boy for a while. And Skal was the one last year.

  10. catsarerunnin
    4:28 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

    Well we all get silly sometimes.

    • catsarerunnin
      4:29 pm February 27, 2017 Permalink

      That was meant as a reply to the ever educational musings of JustSayin.

  11. kfwa
    7:55 am February 28, 2017 Permalink

    I quit reading Seth Davis – you actually have to search his twitter feed to find anything basketball related since the election.